Many end-users give very little thought to something as mundane as the glass covering a smartphone display screen, until the exact moment said smartphone is dropped onto concrete, or the display is scratched. Likewise, most consumers don't realize that display cover glass manufacturers are having their own technology shoot-outs, with sophisticated advances in glass strength, flexibility, and scratch resistance; in much the same way PC parts manufacturers and laptop designers also do, but in a higher profile and more publicly visible way.
It should be a cinch for display cover glass manufacturers to "catch the public's eye": after all laptop, tablet, and smartphone users do quite literally look right at them, and see right through them hundreds of millions of times per day. With better tablets and smartphones costing hundreds of dollars, end-users may want to take a closer look at advancements in display screen cover glass technology. In a prior report we looked at display glass improvements in an article titled Schott Glass Xensation Shoots at Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Now it's Corning's turn to take their best shot.
"Here's looking at you, kid"
Information from Corning, CES (Consumer Electronics Show), and CNET indicates that Corning engineers have made additional inroads on improvements above and beyond the already formidable original product and Gorilla Glass 2. Corning claims the new Gorilla Glass 3 is three times more resistant to scratching than other products while also reducing the visibility of scratches by 40-percent when they do occur. Company officials say the new product is not as brittle as other glass types, and is far less prone to breakage than others if it does get scratched. The Gorilla Glass director of marketing and commercial operations, David Velasquez, is credited with stating: By studying the bonding properties and atomic structure of glass, Corning's engineers were enabled to "invent another kind of glass", thereby making the product less prone to scratches and less brittle.
Making Harrison Ford Proud
Explorers of new frontiers in technology may now celebrate: Corning has decided to call its proprietary new technology "Native Damage Resistance", or NDR. It remains to be seen whether manufacturers will take advantage of increases in strength by retaining the same thickness for display cover glass; or perhaps will opt to make products lighter by utilizing thinner glass, but with the same strength as current products. So far no products using the NDR endowed Gorilla Glass 3 have been announced.
Many consumers will remember Corning glass cookware products all the way back to their childhood. They may also want to know that Corning products include: ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; glass substrates for LCD laptops, computer monitors, and TVs; optical bio-sensors for pharmaceutical research; cable, optical fiber, and hardware for telecommunications; as well as specialty glass solutions and optics for a variety of industries, including aerospace, astronomy, defense, meteorology, and semiconductors.